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Aspects Irish Literature Festival

20th September - 6th October


Ian Samson

Friday 4 October

An Evening with Poets and Poetry

Clandeboye Courtyard

Ian Sansom is a novelist, critic, journalist, broadcaster and academic. He has written for The Guardian, the New Statesman and the Irish Times, as well as writing and presenting programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. In addition to his books on cultural history and literary criticism he had two novel series – The Mobile Library series and The County Guides series. His latest book, September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem, is published this year by Fourth Estate.

Gail McConnell is a poet, literary critic and an editor. Her work has featured in Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Manchester Review and The Tangerine. Her long poem, Type Face, was published in Blackbox Manifold in December 2016, while her first pamphlet Fourteen was published in 2018. Her second, Fothermather, is forthcoming with Ink Sweat & Tears in autumn 2019.

Stephen Sexton’s poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015. His pamphlet, Oils, published by The Emma Press in 2014, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition and the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2018 Stephen was one of seven poets presented with the Eric Gregory Award, for his collection The Animals, Moon. If All the World and Love Were Young is published by Penguin this year.

Ian Samson
Gail McConnell
Stephen Sexton